Kosas Tinted Face Oil Review

For the second installment of our foundation week, I wanted to review the Kosas Tinted Face Oil. When I saw this brand landed at Sephora I knew I had to try this product. I saw Estee Lalonde use it, I saw JaimePaige use it (sadness she did not enjoy it) but I didn’t see too many other people talk about it. I thought this would be the perfect foundation for the cooler months so I decided to try it out.

Let’s start with the claims:  A featherweight, light-coverage foundation and hydrating skin elixir in 10 shades that can be worn across 30 skin tones.

I don’t know how true the 30 skin tones is … but I will say this is a very sheer product and really just gives the skin a filter. 

I think that this foundation is really lovely and dewy. This foundation wears surprisingly long. I found this lasted all day on me and survives the sweat. I do recommend for this hot summer weather but if you are doing to wear it,  I would set it with a powder. Another pro to his product is it is clean at Sephora but this is a clean brand in general and I love that. It doesn’t make my skin itchy and takes a few seconds to apply making it a perfect work base product. 

After application – living on the edge doing my makeup in a while t shirt

Application: This product applies great with fingers and a sponge. I don’t use brushes really at all to apply face products so I cannot speak to that. I use my fingers mostly for this product because I find it really warms up the product and sheers it out for that perfect dewy base that doesn’t make me look too greasy. In terms of how it feels on the skin, it does feel lightweight so much so that I can’t tell it’s on my skin when I’m wearing it. 

Left to right: Sephora Collection matte foundation. The ordinary serum foundation, Sephora Collection Skin tint, IT Cosmetics CC Cream, Kosas Tinted Face oil, The Body Shop Fresh Nude not pictured: benefit hello happy because I forgot to swatch it.

Price: $55 CAD 30ml/1oz of product. Again, this is really pricey. I think this is worth it if you can afford it. I don’t like to recommend products that are too expensive, but in the case of this one it feels lovely on the skin and one I can see myself using on a more frequent basis than my more full coverage counterparts. Overall, I’m giving this foundation a 4/5 because it is one of the best “clean” foundations I’ve used and gives me that lovely dewy base I strive for on the daily.


Day 12 of 12 Days of Blogging: Pan that Palette 2019

It’s that time of year in the beauty world where we discuss items we want to try and finish. Also, my project pan finales are coming! Stay tuned! For today, I wanted to discuss two palettes I’d like to put a dent in throughout 2019. I want to focus on two palettes, both because I get bored easily and because I like options. Granted, not many because both are very similar in tone but again, somewhat options.

First, my oldest and perhaps most nostalgic palette the Naked 3 from Urban Decay. I have already hit pan on the second shade. I want to really use the crap out of this palette to be quite honest. I always like the looks I create and these are very professional shades which I enjoy.

The second palette I want to put a dent in is the 100 Percent Pure Naked II palette. I bought this when I was trying to test out more green/clean beauty products. I really like this palette actually, I just never having it on my vanity so I’m going to keep it on their so I can reach for it more often. It’s a sweet and simple palette. I enjoy that there is a blush and highlighter as well as three eye shadows that work for any occasion.

My goal. I want to hit pan the highlighter, blush, and first two shades in the 100 Percent Pure palette – simply because I rarely used the purple shade as it stands. For the Naked 3 I’d like to see pan on all the shades but I don’t anticipate any pan on the darkest shades because again I don’t use dark shades.

Are going to try to pan a palette this year?


12 Days of Blogging Day 4: Brands I want to Try in 2019

I know that I am not the type of person to go on a year long no buy, but I also want to make better decisions about my purchases. I wanted to do a post outlining some brands I want to try in 2019. I think this will be a nice reference point for me, first so that I can try new things, but second, that I won’t just willy nilly buy things (drugstore products looking at you) but items that I’ve really been eyeing for awhile. You will notice there are a few luxury brands in here that I might not get to but I wanted to put on this list. I also got this idea from Samantha March who I saw do this type of video but I’m not sure who invented the idea!

Charlotte Tilbury

I have been eyeing this brand for so long. It just became easily accessible in Canada this year. I want to try a few items from this brand, mostly the filmstar bronze and glow and the Hollywood Flawless filter. While Charlotte herself sleeps in makeup – not sure how I feel about this, however I like that the brand’s ethos is making you feel confident. This can be seen as preying on our insecurities that we need to be perfect, however at the same time she is unapologetically sexy which I think is powerful in its own right.

Cheekbone Beauty

This is an amazing Canadian brand founded by an Indigenous woman named Jenn Harper. Their liquid lipsticks are the star of show according the chatter in the beauty sphere, so I’d definitely like to try a few of those along with their highlighter palette (cause who can resist a face palette, not this kid). Harper’s personal journey and makeup story is poignant. The brand supports the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada which I think is even more reason to support the brand. I first heard about this brand on the Breaking Beauty Podcast so if you want to listen to that I urge you to download it!

Kosas cosmetics

I have also been eyeing this brand for awhile but never took the plunge. Kosas is a clean beauty brand and according to their website formulates their products with prestige ingredients. The philosophy is integrated layers of self which I can get down with. I want to specifically try their tinted face oil, lipstick and the cream blush/highlighter duos.

Glossier

I’m a bit late to the game, but I really do want to foray into the glossier world. I would like to try their makeup and skincare. They do some good sets so if I do end up ordering from them I will likely get a few of those. I enjoy the brand’s ethos, however I recognize that it’s quite elitist and exclusionary to many folks who just can’t use their products for one reason or another. Again, I’m not sure if this is one I will actually get around to, but it’s on my list.

Tom Ford

I know. Wtf. why is this on my list? I don’t know either to be honest. But I love ttsandra, she is such a classy cool lady and she is always using Tom Ford Nude Dip and Cocoa Mirage  eye shadow quads and has talked about the Tom Ford Foundation stick. So listen, I get it. These are two overpriced mofos. But for some reason, as I foray into the adult world and ideally I will have a full time job by the time I plan to buy these items, I think this would be a good treat yo self brand to get. These will also be VIB buys I think.

I wanted to do this post because I honestly think this will help me curb impulsive makeup buying. I tend to do that especially with drugstore and I think having an idea at the beginning of the year of what I want to buy will be a lot more helpful than just randomly going along and buying what I want. This isn’t to say I won’t buy other things but I want to try to curb my spending and limit additions to my collection that don’t bring it any value and don’t bring me the joy they should.

What brands do you want to try in 2019?

*disclaimer: none of these photos are mine, I have taken them from the individual brand website, or the google, or sephora.com*


Blune Day 6: Using Clean makeup for two weeks

First of all a before I get into my fun experiment, a definition for clean makeup: it is makeup with no toxic ingredients like parabens, talc. The ingredients must be sustainably sourced, ethically sourced, and non toxic to human health and the environment. Think brands like RMS, Jane Iredale, Bite Beauty, Burts Bees! As a result of this understanding and in the name of science I wanted to do an experiment and only use my cleanest products ingredients wise for two weeks to see what would happen.

Week one was really good. Of course, this was after I arrived from being home so my skin was having a bit of trouble due to food I ate at home and spring allergy season. One thing I did notice was no face itching which I do find does occur when I have conventional makeup on.  My skin feels great – naturally because I treated my spots they have almost disappeared but I don’t find the makeup to be irritating my skin. However, the Andalou naturals tinted moisturizer – while great, can be a bit itchy on my cheek area. This could be a variety of things and might just be my general allergies so I won’t quite attribute it to this to. 

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My skin was (and is still) rather clear and I have no new blemishes, other than ones from eating too much wheat. I am a bit bored. I found myself wanting to use my Too Faced sweet peach or my Colourpop Super Shock shadows and my Colourpop highlighter. I  guess this might be why my collection is a bit larger than your average. I think that in this week I really did notice my skin becoming more clear, no new texture or visible blemishes appeared. I also kept my skincare the same, so that didn’t have any effect on my clean makeup

You may notice I don’t have a bronzer because I don’t have any clean ones and didn’t overly want to buy one for this experiment. I  used my Annabelle matte one and my Anastasia Beverly Hills one which are both cruelty free and paraben free.

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base-products

The base products I used were Physicians Formula B.B. cream, the Andalous Naturals C.C cream and the Burt’s bees B.B. cream. I also used the Lush feeling younger skin tint, which arguably isn’t clean at all because it contains parabens but then again, I have read conflicting things on the paraben front. It was also my only other mostly clean option for a highlighter that I could find in my collection and I like to switch it up on the highlighter front. I used the Burts Bees bare peach blush, which is a favourite of course who doesn’t love a good peach blush. I also used the 100% Pure Naked 2 palette and the Burts Bees trio in countryside lavender. I really like this palette. It’s a really sheer palette, but the highlight and blush pack a punch and you can build up the eyeshadows to a more a full intensity.

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Ah the mascaras. I love the Burt’s Bees mascara and will be repurchasing once it reaches the end of its life. It is great for every day and doesn’t smudge on me (which literally every other mascara I have tried does). I threw in my two other Physicians Formula ones but again, these are drying up so I mainly just used my Burts Bees. For lips, I mostly just switched between what I already use, Burts Bees (surprise), Lush (discontinued), 100% Pure, and Bite Beauty.

I think what I can tell you, is I realize how much of a consumer I am when only rotating between a few products. What I mean by this is I get bored so easily and want to use other things in my collection (which is by no means a bad thing as that means I am using all my products) and then I realize that I have been sucked into the “get more” mentality instead of appreciating the products I have. Which has made me appreciate the things I rarely reached for because I wasn’t forced to use them. I found keeping everything that was clean(ish) in my collection in one bag was beneficial and by the end of this two weeks I found myself enjoying them more and more.  I also realized the incredible privilege it is to be able to use clean makeup. There are no foundation, BB Cream shades above light in any of the base products I discussed. I used all affordable options and none of them are suited to anyone who has a darker skin tone. This will be discussed in a later post, but part of the reason I get conflicted on which brands to support is the shade range. Hence, my reasoning behind buying some Maybelline and L’Oreal products because they have a large range of shades that cater to all skin tones. Anyway, let’s not get off topic, this a whole conversation for another post. 

All in all my two weeks of clean(ish) makeup was really good. I will my skin was improved after these two weeks, but no so much that I will stop using conventional makeup because I love makeup and experimenting with new things! While I enjoyed all the products I have to say, I am so excited to use my other products again.

Do you have any clean beauty favourites?